American Society of Hematology

The Hematologist: ASH News and Reports, the Society's member newsletter, is designed for the broad constituency of ASH, all working toward the ultimate goal of conquering blood diseases. The Hematologist updates readers about important developments in the field of hematology and highlights what ASH is doing for its members.

Anti-Adhesive Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease

Dr. Quinn looks into the effectiveness of anti-adhesive therapy for sickle cell disease.

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ASH Launches New Publication for Clinicians

This fall, ASH will be launching a news magazine for clinicians in hematology.

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Presidents Column

Dr_ Linda Burns

Linda J. Burns, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
A Resounding Success: Inaugural Lymphoma Biology Meeting
October 22, 2014

Dr. Burns recaps the first lymphoma biology meeting.

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Clinical Trials Corner

Perioperative Management of Patients on the New Oral Anticoagulants
October 23, 2014

Dr. Garcia examines the usefulness of new oral anticoagulants.

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Ask The Hematologist

Ask the Hematologist: A Diagnostic Approach to Patients with an IgM monoclonal protein
September 15, 2014

Dr. Mikhael discusses his approach to the evaluation of patients with an IgM monoclonal protein.

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Mini Review

The Use of Genotyping in Transfusion Medicine
October 24, 2014

Dr. Telen examines the use of ABO and RhD genotyping in transfusion medicine.

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Op Ed

“Ask and Ye Shall Receive” – Women, Stand Up and Be Counted!
May 30, 2014

Dr. Cynthia Dunbar, Dr. Janis Abkowitz, Dr. Nancy Berliner, and Dr. Susan Shurin discuss the concerted grassroots effort to nominate women for ASH awards.

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  • Potential Policy Fixes to Curb Medicare Part D Opioid Abuse

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an advisory body to Congress that meets seven times a year. They offer recommendations to Congress on the various payment systems within Medicare, as well as monitor more focused topics of their choosing. During the most recent meeting on October 9, MedPAC analyzed data on opioid abuse for Medicare Part D enrollees.  Both the findings and potential policy implications could affect practicing hematologists who routinely prescribe opioids.

  • Ebola Alert

    The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to respond to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The CDC has summarized key messages about the outbreak and the response, and it will continue to update its resources as more information becomes available.

  • Sunshine Data Released – What’s Next?

    On September 30 at around 2PM, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly released the data that it had been gathering from pharmaceutical and medical device companies that detail value transfers to physicians and medical schools.  ASH has been keeping members apprised of these developments since this provision was included in the Affordable Care Act.

  • Least Costly Alternatives for Drugs in the World of Hematology

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) used its second session of the 2014-2015 cycle to take on an issue that could be very important for hematologists and access to drugs for their patients–the opportunity for Medicare to pay for drugs on a “least costly alternative” basis.  ASH continues to follow this issue as part of a commitment to ensure that policies are created that give patients efficient access to important drugs while maintaining clinician decision-making and incentives for continued innovation.

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  • This Week in Blood: May 8, 2014

    Welcome to “This Week in Blood,” a weekly snapshot of the hottest studies from each week’s issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), hand-picked by Blood Editor-in-Chief Bob Löwenberg, MD, PhD, and Deputy Editor Nancy Berliner, MD. If you would like a PDF copy of any of the manuscripts highlighted below or would like to request an interview with the author, please email aszabo@hematology.org.

  • This Week in Blood: April 24, 2014

    Welcome to “This Week in Blood,” a weekly snapshot of the hottest studies from each week’s issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), hand-picked by Blood Editor-in-Chief Bob Löwenberg, MD, PhD, and Deputy Editor Nancy Berliner, MD. If you would like a PDF copy of any of the manuscripts highlighted below or would like to request an interview with the author, please email aszabo@hematology.org.

  • This Week in Blood: April 17, 2014

    Welcome to “This Week in Blood,” a weekly snapshot of the hottest studies from each week’s issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), hand-picked by Blood Editor-in-Chief Bob Löwenberg, MD, PhD, and Deputy Editor Nancy Berliner, MD. If you would like a PDF copy of any of the manuscripts highlighted below or would like to request an interview with the author, please email aszabo@hematology.org.

  • This Week in Blood: April 10, 2014

    Welcome to “This Week in Blood,” a weekly snapshot of the hottest studies from each week’s issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), hand-picked by Blood Editor-in-Chief Bob Löwenberg, MD, PhD, and Deputy Editor Nancy Berliner, MD. If you would like a PDF copy of any of the manuscripts highlighted below or would like to request an interview with the author, please email aszabo@hematology.org.

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